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Bomb, gun attacks kill 107 in Iraq

[ 2012-07-24 11:10] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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At least 107 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq on Monday after 20 died in blasts the previous day in a coordinated surge of violence against mostly Shiite Muslim targets.

The bloodshed coincided with an intensifying of the conflict in neighboring Syria.

As well as the dozens of deaths at least 223 people were wounded in bomb attacks in Shiite areas of Baghdad, the Shiite town of Taji to the north, the mixed northern city of Kirkuk and elsewhere, hospital and police sources said, making it one of Iraq's bloodiest days in weeks.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest wave of assaults but a senior Iraqi security official blamed the local wing of al-Qaida, made up of Sunni Muslim militants hostile to the Shiite-led government, which is friendly with Iran.

"Recent attacks are a clear message that al-Qaida in Iraq is determined to spark a bloody sectarian war," the official said, asking not to be named.

"With what's going on in Syria, these attacks should be taken seriously as a potential threat to our country. Al-Qaida is trying to push Iraq to the verge of Shiite-Sunni war," he said. "They want things to be as bad as in Syria."

The last two days of bombings and shootings shattered a two-week lull in violence in the run-up to the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, which started in Iraq on Saturday.

Sectarian slaughter peaked in 2006-07 but deadly attacks have persisted while political tensions among Iraq's main Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish factions have mounted since US troops left the country in December.


1. How many people died?

2. How many people were wounded?

3. When did US troops leave the country?


1. 107.

2. 223.

3. December.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Bomb, gun attacks kill 107 in Iraq

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Bomb, gun attacks kill 107 in Iraq

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.